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Feds: Child Exploitation Focus of Pennsylvania Church Probe

Feds: Child Exploitation Focus of Pennsylvania Church Probe

By Maryclaire Dale and Erick Tucker | Oct 19
Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move.

Tourists Face 10 years in Jail for Spraying Thai Wall

Tourists Face 10 years in Jail for Spraying Thai Wall

Oct 19
A Briton and Canadian face up to 10 years in prison on charges of spraying paint on an ancient wall in northern Thailand, police said Friday.

Ex-Head of Juvenile Detention Sites Faces Child Porn Charges

Ex-Head of Juvenile Detention Sites Faces Child Porn Charges

Oct 19
A former head of two Alaska juvenile detention facilities has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Hate Crime? Openly Gay Candidate Reportedly Harassed with Vandalism, Epithet

Hate Crime? Openly Gay Candidate Reportedly Harassed with Vandalism, Epithet

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 15
Anti-gay vandalism targeted an openly gay Democratic City Council candidate in Redwood City, California. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Mixed Views on Hate Crime Law Bearing Matthew Shepard's Name

Mixed Views on Hate Crime Law Bearing Matthew Shepard's Name

By David Crary | Oct 13
Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT and anti-violence organizations that lobbied over nearly a decade for its passage.

Dementia and Guns: When Should Doctors Intervene?

Dementia and Guns: When Should Doctors Intervene?

By Melissa Bailey | Oct 12
Some patients refuse to answer. Many doctors don't ask. As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals are grappling with when and how to pose the question: "Do you have guns at home?"

Trump Calls on Chicago to Embrace Stop-and-Frisk Policing

Trump Calls on Chicago to Embrace Stop-and-Frisk Policing

By Deb Riechmann and Michael Tarm | Oct 10
President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of "stop and frisk" policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago.

Transwoman Stabbed to Death in Chicago

Transwoman Stabbed to Death in Chicago

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 9
A Chicago woman became the 22nd known trans victim of deadly violence in 2018 when she was stabbed to death during an argument, news reports said.

Mother, Boyfriend Now Face Death Penalty in Suspected Killing of Gay 10-Year-Old

Mother, Boyfriend Now Face Death Penalty in Suspected Killing of Gay 10-Year-Old

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 4
The mother of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos - who died last June, not long after he came out as "liking boys" - and her boyfriend now face the possibility of being put to death if they are found guilty of murdering the child.

Van Damme Son Gets Probation Term in Arizona Knife Incident

Van Damme Son Gets Probation Term in Arizona Knife Incident

Oct 4
A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has been sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix.

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